CFP: SPSCVA & Film and Philosophy Workshop


July 9th and 10th, 2021


The Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts (SPSCVA) together with Film and Philosophy are sponsoring an online workshop to take place on July 9 - 10, 2021. 


We are open to submissions from scholars outside of philosophy in order to promote interdisciplinary discussion. We also strongly encourage submissions from women and minorities and from junior and new members of the SPSCVA. 


Interested participants are invited to submit detailed abstracts (500 to 800 words in length) for individual presentations as well as panel proposal. We encourage participants to focus on current topics of interest such as, but not limited to:


  • The representation of race in film

  • Online streaming VS in-person screening

  • Animation

  • The relationship between film criticism and philosophy

  • Contemporary directors

  • TV series


Proposals should be prepared for blind review and submitted no later than April 15th. All submissions should be sent to


Accepted authors will be notified by April 30th and will be asked to provide a finalized copy of their paper by June 15th. Papers will be presented and discussed in a pre-read workshop format:


Participants will commit to read all accepted papers prior to the workshop. The author will have 10 minutes to introduce the paper; the introduction will be followed by brief comments by an assigned commentator; the remaining portion of the session will be dedicated to Q&A.


Interested commentators, chairs, and tech chairs should reach out to co-Chairs Laura T. Di Summa at and John Dyck at

Selected papers and panels will be considered for publication in Film and Philosophy.

CFP: SPSCVA Sessions at American Philosophical Association Conferences

The Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts (SPSCVA) also sponsors presentations at its divisional sessions , which are held in conjunction with the Eastern, Central and Pacific Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association. Papers may address any topic that involves the connection between philosophy and the visual arts: film, photography, video, or other aesthetic media. The Society also welcomes proposals for panels, author-meets-critics, and other special sessions, as well as volunteers to serve as panel chairs and commentators. Presentations should be 20-25 minutes (10-12 pages) in length. The Society typically holds two sessions at each of the APA divisional meetings. Electronic submission of papers as e-mail attachments is required. The call for papers for sessions in 2021 has ended. Individual CFPs for 2022 sessions will be listed below when released.